Lesson: Lesson 1:Brainstorming
Brainstorming is the first part of writing. It is important to come up with good ideas or no matter how clear the sentence structure is, the paper will be poor. In this lesson, we are encouraging students to come up with questions for a personality feature interview. The idea if for students to think of what they would like to know about their peers so taht when they write an article, other people will find it interesting to read. No one really finds birthday or birth place very interesting unless the person was born in the back of a taxi or on an airplane. So in general, we do not focus on family or background information. It is best to focus on the present day interests of the interviewee and how they originated.
If the teacher would like to do the brainstorming in class, then the primary material needs would be paper and pens. If the teacher would like to use computers for electronic brainstorming, then he/she will need Internet access. With Internet access, students can brainstorm using one of the following: Google Groups, if a group has been set up by the teacher; Google Wave, if students have an account, or Edistorm (great collaboration tool)
here is a cool video that explains brainstorming for a feature, not just a personality feature: http://www.squidoo.com/feature-article
Have students continue the brainstorming using the collaboration tools mentioned in Materials.Make sure that you give them specific instructions regarding using the Internet tools. Did student participate in group?
Did students come up with good questions?
Connections to Standards:
Brainstorming is an important part of the writing process. In fact, good thinking means good writing. It is important for students to come up with the questions themselves rather than having teacher created questions. The idea is to have students think and practice being creative. Don't be concerned if it takes them longer than expected to get become creative and come up with questions since often students are used to being told what to do.
Time needed to teach:
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